"Today, seven out of 10 American citizens between the ages of 17 and 24 that are walking the streets of America cannot qualify for entry into our services without some form of a waiver ... and that is a national crisis. If somebody has 'a little stain on their shirt' and they want to raise their hand and come serve their country in a time of war - knowing not if, but when they are going to deploy in harm's way - where would you rather them be?"
- Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, deputy commander and chief of staff of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
General cites challenging recruiting environment
"We have long recognized that a scientifically and technologically literate citizenry is our nation's best hope for a diverse, talented and productive workforce."
-Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology and Chief Scientist, Dr. Thomas H. Killion, before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on
Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, March 13, 2008
Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)
What is it?
The AEOP is comprised of a group of programs designed to engage students and teachers in Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and unique practical experiences in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Students from kindergarten through graduate school, at all proficiency levels, interests, ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in these programs.
What has the Army done?
The AEOP provides science, technology, math and engineering experiences for over 250,000 students annually across America and around the world at Department of Defense schools. AEOP provides science and engineering enrichment opportunities during the student academic year and throughout the summer. Beyond AEOP, Army scientists and engineers routinely engage in their communities to encourage interest in science and engineering careers. These engagements range from classroom instruction and demonstrations, science fair judging, laboratory open-houses, media interviews, to general community outreach.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army plans to sustain its commitment to encouraging education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The next enrollment for AEOP begins in September 2008. For more information, please visit AEOP Web site. AEOP's 2008 web-based science, math and technology competition, eCybermission national judging takes place June 20-25, 2008, in Washington, D.C. This is the capstone event for the competition with 1,763 teams, composed of 6,384 sixth through ninth grade students. This event recognizes the 2008 National Winners with a $5,000 EE savings bond and other prizes. For more information, please visit eCybermission Web site.
Why is this important to the Army?
Encouraging science and engineering interests in America's youth is vital to the nation and to the Army's future. Science and engineering leadership in the global economy is essential to sustain and improve America's standard of living and welfare. The Army needs highly qualified scientists and engineers to work in our laboratories to create the technology that today's Soldiers and future Soldiers will need to accomplish the Army's missions.
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
- Speaker's Toolkit
May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance
June 21- 29, 2008: Armed Forces Week
June 25, 2008: The Korean War Web site
July 1, 2008: 35th Anniversary of All- Volunteer Force
July 1-3, 2008: Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
July 13, 2008: Army National Guard concert band performance
July 26, 2008: 60th Anniversary- Integration of the Armed Forces